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Paule Marshall Resting in Power 1929-2019

August has been a rough month for us lovers of the word. A couple of weeks ago, the great Toni Morrison took her place amongst the ancestors. A few days ago, on August 12th, the incomparable Paule Marshall joined her. … Continue reading

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Toni Morrison Resting in Power 1931-2019

  Rest in your power, Toni Morrison Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am documentary interview Morrison on what motivated her to write The Bluest Eye  News of her life and transition: Nobel Prize-Winning Author Dies at 88  Toni Morrison: Nobel … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Octavia Butler!

Happy birthday Octavia Butler!! The genius writer Octavia Butler would have been 72 years today! An interview with Ms. Butler on “Transcending Boundaries” An NPR interview with Ms. Butler and an essay by her. She was the recipient of several … Continue reading

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Review of Charles Johnson’s Taming the Ox

I am an admirer of the African American Buddhist writer cartoonist extraordinaire Charles Johnson. Johnson is the recipient of several awards including the coveted MacArthur “Genius Award” as well as Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. I was … Continue reading

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Review of Nafissa Thomas-Spires’ Heads of the Colored People

Nafissa Thompson-Spires’ short story collection Heads of the Colored People (2018) is incredibly SMART!! All of the stories are amazing—expertly crafted and honed works of literary genius. Some of them are very clearly connected by the individuals who are their subjects … Continue reading

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Review of Washington Black

The simply named Washington Black (2018) by Canadian Esi Edugyan , though expansive in its reach, takes place over a mere four-year period. In that short period of time young Washington, or Wash as he is called by Christopher (Titch) … Continue reading

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Review of Chinelo Okparanta’s Happiness Like Water

Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta, 196 pp., Mariner Books 2013, $9.96 paperback I actually finished reading Chinelo Okparanta’s Happiness Like Water several weeks ago, but sat on the review, trying to gain some distance from the work. Let me begin … Continue reading

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